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French people waving flags and holding "Liberation" sign
On August 25th, 1944, Paris was liberated after more than four years of Nazi occupation.
Emperor Nero
After a devasting fire in Rome in 64 CE, Emperor Nero successfully rebuilt the city.
Plague doctor mask
When it was over, the populations of Europe, China, and India were cut by a third to a half.
People wearing masks
Germ theory helped to usher in the widespread use of cloth masks.
Hospital workers
Soon after SARS was discovered, labs around the world shared information in search of a cure.
Two women in masks in 1918
Estimates suggest that this flu claimed as many as 50 million lives around the world between 1918 and 1919.
Women marching
The first “Woman’s Day” celebration was organized by the U.S. Socialist Party in Chicago on May 2, 1908.
Hypodermic needle collecting medicine
The origins of vaccination lie in the practice of variolation, which was used to protect against smallpox.
Amritsar Massacre
The massacre and continued police brutality were turning points in Indian anti-colonialism.
flags of India and Pakistan
In 1947, British-ruled India was divided into two separate, independent states.
1917 Socialist-Realist worker image
Bolshevik Red Guards took control of the Russian capital from the provisional government October 1917.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton with two children
She wrote “The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments,” outlining the ways in which men held women in “absolute tyranny.”
Bartolome de las Casas
Las Casas became an important figure in the development of ideas of human rights.
Bastille Prison
It was the spark that emboldened the people’s movement to overthrow King Louis XVI.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The man we celebrate today is not the man who lost his life on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968.
Crime scene with police tape
There are an estimated 917 hate groups currently active in the U.S.
Great Wall of China
Walls have a decidedly mixed record in achieving their goals to keep some people in and others out.
Statue of Louis XVI
On January 20, 1793, the deputies decreed Louis’ guilt and his punishment by death.
D-Day ship
The Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 remains today one of the best known campaigns of the WWII.
Marvel character Black Panther
The fictional story of Wakanda has real historical origins in nuclear-age Congo.
melting glaciers
Historical examples suggest climate change will aggravate political instability, poverty, and conflict.